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Features May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

In Celebration
By Malinda Danziger, Marshall '00

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If there was a theme that emerged from the University’s inaugural Alumni Weekend, June 4 to 7, it was family. From the Birch Aquarium event teeming with alumni and their children, to the 31st Annual Alumni Awards for Excellence gala, attended by diverse generations of alumni, to  the shared joy of a brunch-time concert in the new Conrad Prebys Music Center, there was a sense of belonging.

Over 1,300 attended Alumni Weekend 2009. And for some, this was the first University event they attended since graduation. “I felt a sense of pride being among fellow graduates, many that I recognized from daily business interactions,” says Gary Bosse, Warren ’89. “Next time I run into them downtown, I’ll be able to introduce myself with an immediate common bond.”

It began Thursday night, June 4, with over 200 enjoying mariachi music and margaritas at the Alumni and Faculty Happy Hour in the courtyard of the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club.

Then on Friday, June 5, over 300 relished the exclusive after-hours access to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, indulging in an exhilarating mix of steel drum music, festive island-themed fare and dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, young “Tritons-in-training” bravely played with the starfish and sea cucumbers.

On Saturday, June 6, there were campus walking tours, one led by the legendary Ernie Mort, former campus chaplain and dean emeritus of Revelle College. In the afternoon, the reunions included Muir and Marshall Colleges, the Jacobs School of Engineering, IR/PS, AS Presidents, Greek alumni, Student Foundation alumni and Guardian/Triton Times alumni.

That evening, 350 alumni and friends gathered for the 31st Annual Awards for Excellence honoring outstanding alumni and faculty for their leadership, advocacy, philanthropy and service to UC San Diego, with proceeds supporting the $3 million alumni scholarship endowment.

The weekend of activities concluded with an al fresco brunch on Sunday, June 7, followed by a performance in the new Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. 

Mark your calendars now for the UCSD Alumni Association trifecta of annual reunions coming up: Homecoming, October 16-18, Young Alumni Reunion, February 12-14, 2010 and Alumni Weekend, June 4-6, 2010. Additional information is available at www.alumni.ucsd.edu.

Over 1,300 alumni and friends attended Alumni Weekend 2009 celebrating Triton pride and reconnecting with each other.